Why is country music stereotypically synonymous with trucking?

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  1. dngrous_dime

    dngrous_dime Road Train Member

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    Look up NF on YouTube, he doesn't swear in any of his songs, otherwise he reminds me a lot of Eminem.
    But mostly I'll listen to country, some metal/hard rock, I've even got Pandora stations for Lady Gaga, Fall Out Boy, Daughtry, Florida Georgia Line, Trapt, 3 Doors Down, 90s country, some instrumentals, etc.
     
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  3. Western flyer

    Western flyer Road Train Member

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    Because 50 years age they were the only
    Ones driving the trucks.
    Thank god there dying off.

    Now you can actually watch something other than
    Gunsmoke and 40 year old John wayne movies
    In the truck stop.
     
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  4. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    Because county music is good, and trucking is good. It's only natural for them to come together.
     
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  5. MLC Adventures

    MLC Adventures Medium Load Member

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    You mean 50 years ago when men did what they said and backed up what they stood for. Yeah, thank God one of the greatest generations of bada$$es are dying off....
     
  6. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

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    No doubt...
    Getting tired of the know it all generation!
     
  7. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    Greatest?

    The generation that gave us 2008, 2020 covid mismanagement, told every kid to go 100s of 1000s of dollars in debt for jobs that dont exist, the people that hoard property as rentals to make money off their kids and grandkids?

    We talking about the same generation here?
     
  8. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

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    What is commonly referred to as the greatest generation was ww2 era.
    They have nearly all passed on.
     
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  9. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Ok, I'll throw in my two cents. I'm no expert by any means but since I've dabbled in music throughout most of my adult life, I'll take a shot at an opinion in this thread.

    1st, I got into live radio in 1982... country music in a small market radio station. I played that for a few years then went into the club scene where we played mainly oldies rock & roll, then advanced into some current pop in the late 80's - early 90's. In 2002, my wife & I started a mobile DJ service playing weddings, birthdays etc events for 17 years until 2019. All of these music related jobs were part time gigs.

    In my opinion, truck driving has always been a blue collar job. Up until the last 20 years, its mainly been ol' country boys & the likes. I'm not taking away anything from the educated city folk who drive a big truck but trucking has mostly always been blue collar, hard working, hands on kinda people.... mostly (especially pre-2000), hands on, country boys. Country music has always been the staple for truck driving back to the days of Hank Snow, then Red Sovine & Merle Haggard. Then Alan Jackson came along. We could go on & on with lists of artists and songs related to truck driving but truck driving songs were really no different than Moe Bandy or George Strait was to rodeoing..... or like Johnny Duncan was to cheating songs. It was just a style that some writers & artists followed.
    In the end, I think it was just a lifestyle/industry that songwriters followed up on that a LOT of people related to. Trucking was an industry that everyone witnessed whether they were involved with it or not. It just touched base with a lot of people. Trucking was a reality for some people... a dream for others. So, a lot of people could relate... & live out &/or dream about the trucking life, living on the road & seeing the country. Songwriters & artists capitalized on it.

    But trucking has always been more closely related to country music because that's who most truck drivers have been throughout the years (with some exceptions of course). Just plain ol' hands on, hard working, blue collar country boys just trying to make a living the hard old fashion way.
    In the end, I dont think the connection between trucking & country music has changed over the years as a whole... I think its the people & the lifestyles that has changed in the trucking industry. For the most part, trucking & country music is still hand in hand.

    (As a foot note I'll say that I listen to a variety of music, as I grew up on a variety of music. 60's - 90's country, classic rock & pop are the mix that I listen to.)
     
  10. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    50 years ago was 1971, yes the ww2 people held sway over running things at that time, but look at what they taught THEIR kids which brings us to now...

    Im well aware that the ww2 generation is mostly dead, my last living grand parent was stationed on guam, 2 of his brothers died in europe.
     
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  11. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

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    Mine were taught the di
    Mine was taught The difference between right and wrong and how to be a good man.

    After he was 18 any decisions he had made were on him not me
     
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